Africa in art, craft and…. Fair Trade
The exhibition „African Kaleidoscope’ has been officially opened in Poznan on Sunday 11 th of September in the Botanic Garden of Adam Mickiewicz University
The aim of this exhibition is to introduce different arts and crafts of the African nation. Not only sculptures, masks, musical instruments and a collection of craft-work from Cameroon, Zaire, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Burundia are presented during the exhibition, also African Fair Trade products take part in this presentation.
The background for this exhibition will be pictures and African traditional music. From the descriptions anybody can gain an insight into African problems and hope which is given by the worldwide Fair Trade movement.
Since many years Europeans show their deep interest in Arfican culture which has a great impact on the fields of arts and jazz music.
The exhibition is open to the public from 11 th of September till 13th of November 2011 during the opening hours of Botanic Garden in Poznan. Admission for the exhibision is free.
The exhibition is connected with many different workshops and lectures for students, teachers and various public. It’s organized by “Aware and Fair” Project and Polish Fair Trade Association.
The project named “Sustainable Sales Promotion Activities – Hanover is Trading Fairly” is an interdisciplinary, activity-oriented and societal vocational training measure. It is carried out and organised by the retail industry department of Berufsbildende Schule (BBS) Handel Hannover, which is a vocational school for trade and commerce in Hanover. Apprentices for the position of Management Assistant in retail business or for a salesmen position are being made qualified for this project in their classes. They acquire good knowledge and know-how of sustainability, fair trade and customer advice and are then given the possibility to apply their knowledge in practice. Similar to last year, the practical work is carried out in the context of the nationwide Fair Trade week.
Having wonderful weather this year, 89 school groups from 17 vocational school classes visited many different companies and went to both marketplaces and to the city centre in order to advertise fair trade. Prior to this, the groups were familiarized in class with topics such as Agenda 21, the Millennium Development Goals and the principles of fair trade and therefore the pupils were able to give profound background information about Fairtrade and their own commitment to the consumers. Additionally, they acquired knowledge in the field of customer communication, which they could practice in those activities and which they will deepen in their future profession. With joining this project, the vocational school for trade and commerce (BBS Handel) again made an important contribution towards the education of sustainable development.
In the context of the nationwide Fair Trade weeks this year, many activities related to Fair Trade have taken place again. On the 24th of September people were invited by the Hanoverian fair-week-alliance to come to the place of the world exhibition, where, under the motto “smart and fair”, they have organised many activities, gave away free samples and offered information at different information stands. The band “Bantamba moolu” as well as a fashion show displaying fairly traded clothes ensured the musical and visual highlights.
On the 22nd of September five of the prize winners taking part in the competition for the title of “Capital City of Fair Trade 2011” were nominated in the historical town hall in Marburg. Bremen won 1st place and the 2nd place went to Saarbrücken.
The city of Hanover was also chosen to be one of the prize winners and was awarded 3rd place, sharing the prize with Heidelberg. Marburg won this title in 2009.
Since 2003 the “Servicestelle Kommunen in der Einen Welt” (Service Agency Communities in One World) has organised the competition for the title of “Capital City of Fair Trade”, which takes place every two years. The aim of this competition is to acknowledge already existing local involvement in Fair Trade as well as to draw the media’s and public’s attention to these innovative activities. It also wants to encourage people to adopt such initiatives.
62 municipalities with a total number of 851 projects from all over Germany entered the competition for the title of “Capital City of Fair Trade 2011”. The five winners are awarded prize money amounting to 100.000 Euro in total. The competition is supported and funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Videoclips of the five winners
We are happy that we could organize a workshop in Blantyre with Malawian Photographers to work on the Millenium Development Goals. Photojournalist Kiên Hoàng Lê is teaching the basics of storytelling in photojournalism and gives an introduction in using a flashkit for portraits. As an outcome there will be an exhibtion at the Blantyre Arts Festival (BAF) and an exhibition in Hannover with the photographs of participants.